Ukrainians mark WW2 heroes as fighting rages on

STORY: There were tears as Ukrainians laid red carnations on the war monument, with some saying they were still shocked their army was battling Russian neighbors in parts of the country.

"Nobody ever thought that we would fight Russia and that Russia would fight us. It is great grief," said 88-year old Volodymyr Panasenko, who said his brother had died serving in the Red Army.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in his own Victory Day address, said his country would triumph over Russian forces.

Russia marked the Soviet victory on Monday with a vast military parade on Red Square as Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin watched on. Ukraine and Russia fought together as part of the Soviet Union in World War Two.

Moscow's Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine has killed thousands of people and displaced millions, reducing the Sea of Azov port city of Mariupol to ruins.

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